Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Voorhees native and postal carrier bests the competition in the Philadelphia bracket at Wing Bowl.
You’d forgive Dave “U.S. Male” Goldstein if the frustration finally got to him at Wing Bowl after coming close, again and again. Third at Wing Bowl 19. Fourth at Wing Bowl 16. Fifth at Wing Bowl 15. Fifth at Wing Bowl 20. The Voorhees native and Cherry Hill postal carrier had a plan, though: Slim down, change up his training and make a major push, with a shot at becoming the top local in this year’s twist. It ended up paying off big, as Goldstein dropped 40 pounds and added 40 wings to his best-ever total, downing 266 to win the local bracket at Wing Bowl 21 at the Wells Fargo Center Friday. “It went better than I expected,” Goldstein said afterward. “I’m thrilled—goal one is to win the whole thing, but my other goal was to at least come …
Friday, February 1, 2013
James "The Bear" McDonald beats out Jonathan “Super” Squibb for the title at the annual eating extravaganza.
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Connecticut's James "The Bear" McDonald pulls out a narrow victory over the three-time champ.
Philadelphia's championship drought has spread to yet another sport: New Englander James "The Bear" McDonald pulled off an upset victory in Wing Bowl 21, edging three-time champ Jonathan “Super” Squibb to take the title. One of five out-of-town ringers brought in to challenge Squibb, McDonald lived up to his bidding as the 2012 All Pro Eating Rookie of the Year and fulfilled his prediction he would out-eat Squibb for the title. “This wasn’t necessarily as intimidating as I thought, but the final result was a lot closer than I thought it would be,” McDonald said amid a rain of boos from a drunkenly partisan crowd. “I had to really push it.” McDonald built a slim lead heading into the finals and held off Squibb and Dave “U.S. Male” Goldstein…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
94WIP releases the odds for this year’s contest.
Three-time champ Jonathan “Super” Squibb, of Winslow Township, is a slight favorite against five all-stars in the overall challenge at Wing Bowl 21, while another Camden County eater is a top seed in the local competition this year. Squibb was pegged at 3-2 odds by WIP morning show co-host Al Morganti, just ahead of James "The Bear" McDonald, of Connecticut, who’s listed as 2-1. After getting knocked from his throne a year ago by the unstoppable beast that was Japanese pro Takeru Kobayashi, Squibb has vowed to shoot for 300 wings to reclaim his crown. “I took the loss last year pretty hard—not having the crown felt kind of empty,” Squibb told Patch in a recent interview. “It’s been a rough year…this will give me a chance to bring a …
Monday, January 21, 2013
The Camden County native and three-time champ is focused on getting back to the top and giving Philly a champion.
The last 12 months haven’t been kind to Philadelphia’s sports scene—the Sixers were bounced from the NBA playoffs, thanks to the hated Boston Celtics; the Flyers fell to the Devils in the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs; the Phillies underachieved and missed the playoffs; and the Eagles—well, there’s a reason the team just hired a new coach. So for three-time Wing Bowl champ and Camden County native Jonathan “Super” Squibb, this year isn’t just about regaining the chicken-bedecked crown he lost last year. It’s about giving Philadelphia someone to celebrate. “I took the loss last year pretty hard—not having the crown felt kind of empty,” Squibb said. “It’s been a rough year…this will give me a chance to bring a championship to Philly.” Wing Bowl…